LOS ANGELES – The LA Clippers did it again, coming off a difficult 0-2 start in the series, tying it 2-2 against the Utah Jazz. On Monday night at Staples Center, the Angelenos gave a dominant performance to beat Utah 118-104 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
“It is a competition, someone has to win the game. We had to go out with the mentality of winning, it’s that simple. This is how we have to go out, play hard, be smart and shoot with confidence, ”said Kawhi Leonard, who had 31 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
Last series in the first round of playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks, Clippers also had to row against the current after starting 0-2, and contrary to the present series of semifinals, on that occasion they took the losses playing at home.
The Clippers superstar duo made it big again with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George combining for 62 units. Marcus Morris also contributed double digits with 24 points.
“We have complete trust in our teammates, just as Kawhi and I trust each other 100 percent. It is a very healthy mix. We are trying to be aggressive and also to be aggressive for the teammate, ”shared Paul George who had his second consecutive game of 30 or more points.
Kawhi Leonard managed to drive the audience crazy when he made key plays such as dunks and blocks. Social networks surrendered to Kawhi, and even other players celebrated it. Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid was in the middle of a press conference at the end of his game against the Atlanta Hawks when he spotted Kawhi’s dunk on the screens and reacted in admiration.
“I don’t see the reactions from social networks or the internet, but Zu (Ivica Zubac) showed me right now the video of Embiid speaking when I dived, it’s the only thing I saw. At the moment of the game, with the adrenaline of the game, I know they are special plays, but you have to have the mentality to focus on the next play because, for example, after that Joe Ingles scored a totally open triple, then there is always room to improve, “said a modest Kawhi about it.
The Los Angeles Clippers want to create history for the franchise and enter a Conference Finals for the first time. Obviously, the end goal is the championship for Clippers, so Kawhi Leonard, much in his style, is focused on the end goal and does not let pressure or criticism get to him.
“I don’t care about the Western Conference Finals, we are on a mission to win the championship. Obviously, it’s the next step, but I’m not seeing that. I don’t care about criticism, I don’t focus on what’s going on out there, “said Kawhi, who knows what it’s like to win titles with the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors.
The Clippers will now travel to Utah with the series tied 2-2, for Game 5 on Wednesday.